I follow a clothing brand called Bangarang on Instagram because I love their shirt designs, all produced by a creator named Jay Ross. Most of his style consists of melting aspects, single bright colors against monochromatic backgrounds and a heavy emphasis on a “screw you” attitude.
Unfortunately, most of Ross’ content is school inappropriate but I love this recreation of the “Creation of Adam” with boxing/muay thai wraps. He had a hand-drawn design in the same fashion that read “and the earth was filled with violence”.
I was drawn to this graphic and Ross’ style in general because of its simplicity. There are three main colors used in this image: red, black and white. All the wrap/knuckle lines were done with black and the blood red wraps stand out against the pitch black background. The recreation of such a classic piece of art not only conveys a recognizable message of “the beginning” but with the wraps it helps hone in on a niche audience.
Although there are the three main colors used throughout the design to keep up with simplicity, the creator added a texture mask to create contrast, it’s easiest seen in the upper and lower edges of the image. This addition helps the image, including background, stay alive instead of just a flat dull background. It’s a shade of red as well which ties into the wrap color scheme.
Wrapped in Style
Overall, I think the greatest aspect of Ross’ work is the style that flows throughout each of his pieces regardless of their content. I like that he stays consistent and this is a great example of how to take something that could be quickly over-thought and minimize shading, perspective and detail. The colors pop out of the page and yet successfully convey a message easily recognizable to his intended audience. He also centers his piece on the artboard and ensures that even with background textures, it doesn’t distract from the content subject.